Indiana University and its research partners have brought a new transatlantic network link to life. The university says the 100 Gigabits per second connection, which runs over the America-Europe Connect subsea cable system, provides enhanced services and bandwidth for U.S. researchers to connect with their counterparts in Europe and Africa.
The network is the result of a $1.6 million Networks for European, American and African Research, or NEAAR, grant, funded through the National Science Foundation. Jennifer Schopf, director of international networks at IU, led the university’s efforts on the project.
"Indiana University has a long history of supporting high performance networking as a tool to advance research and education collaborations around the world," said Schopf. "This new circuit continues that mission, enabling important work in bioinformatics, geoscience and medical research. We’re excited to be able to offer this additional capacity to U.S., European and African researchers."
IU partnered with GÉANT, the pan-European network for research and education, as well as AEConnect vendor Aqua Comms DAC on the project.